Kate Middleton Admits to Having Edited That Strange Mother’s Day Portrait

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Kate Middleton took responsibility for the photo-editing controversy in which the royal family is currently embroiled. On March 10, Kensington Palace released an image of Kate and her three children in celebration of Mother’s Day in the UK. The photo also marked the first official picture of the princess since her abdominal surgery in January. Hours after Kensington Palace released the image, however, four major photo agencies ran “kill notices” and pulled it from news wires.

Why was the image yanked after the fact? Frankly, that depends on who you ask. The Associated Press said it was pulling the photo because “it appeared the source had manipulated the image in a way that did not meet AP’s photo standards.” But Princess Catherine offered a slightly different explanation on social media, writing: “Like many amateur photographers, I do occasionally experiment with editing. I wanted to express my apologies for any confusion the family photograph we shared yesterday caused. I hope everyone celebrating had a very happy Mother’s Day. C.”

That said, questions about the image linger still amid growing concerns for Kate Middleton’s health and wellness. And it’s unlikely this photo-editing scandal will do much to shut down the rumor mill. Middleton has been largely absent from public life since Christmas, ostensibly to focus on her convalescence. Kensington Palace has yet to comment on her recovery except to reassure the public the abdominal procedure was “successful.”

Originally Appeared on Glamour